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  1. Stones

    EURO NCAP * Ratings

    I had a career attending road traffic accidents, and saw highly rated cars perform well in some instances, but poorly in others. What I can say is that newer cars do tend to stand up to impact a lot better than older cars. It also depends on what and how you hit / collide with. Two of my colleagues were unfortunate enough to get hit head on, when the opposing car swerved directly in front of them to avoid hitting a pheasant. Driving a Volvo V70, they walked away from the car with bruised ribs. The car that hit them was an older (but still highly rated) Fiat Punto. The passenger lost her leg as a result. Whilst there are always exceptions, wearing your seatbelt is by far and away the sensible thing to do, and likely to save your life. The anecdote I always relate was a van that ran off the road, driver not wearing seatbelt and was thrown out through the windscreen, the van coming to rest on top of him. He lived, but only because he happened to land in a tattie field and was fortunate enough to end up pinned underneath the van in one of the drills.
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    Heating oil prices for the next 20 years

    I was reading an article earlier today suggesting the oil price could rise to $400+ a barrel if sanctions are imposed on Saudi Arabia and they choose to retaliate. Not convinced by that, but you could imagine a scenario where they choke off a % of supply to shock the price up.
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    Durisol: that's it - the last pour.

    @recoveringacademic - looks like you need it! Well done though, pat on the back for you both.
  4. I've been looking into this recently. The definition (sizes) are specified in the 1960 Act, amended in England but not Scotland. Various stated cases have clarified some of the finer points. Basically, can be built on site and does not have to be moved by road (but must have the capability to be, although not necessarily access to). The main advantage seems to be you would only need a building warrant for the foul drainage. Everything else would be exempt. If built so not within the definition, warrant required, the main issues being the various activity space requirements.
  5. Stones up hill

    Regardless of the pump set up / capability I would try and avoid putting anything down the toilet that is not human waste or toilet paper. Sanitary products, baby wipes, contraceptives etc do not break down and will not do your treatment plant any good at all.
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    Treatment tank troubles

    Treatment Plant install will be similar, i.e. set plant to correct invert level. Whether the outflow level matchs the burn is another matter, worst case you might have to discharge into a chamber and a float switch pump will shift the treated effluent into the burn.
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    Disabled access

    Of the many sites I've been to, this is invariably what is done - landscape / grade so there is no drop off the edge. The only instances I've seen where lips have been put in place are commercial applications or longer ramps which also had hand rails.
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    Decent Wet Wall?

    We went with a lightly textured multipanel, finding one that complemented our choice of tiles. Very impressed with it, a breeze to keep clean. 18 months on, looks as good as the day it was fitted. I'll post a picture tomorrow.
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    oven width

    I wanted the slide and hide door, but didn't like the cheap toggle button control, and didn't think the touchscreen version worth the extra £££. Went for a Seimens self cleaning oven with sliding / pull out shelf rails instead.
  10. Certainly an entertaining read! Regardless of which way everyone voted, I don't think I'm overstating things in saying we (the electorate) are absolutely sick fed up of the absolute failure of our parliament, the UK government and the EU to get on and sort things out. Our politicians, rather than coming together to get the best deal seem intent on constantly rerunning the actual referendum (debate such as it was), the UK government is trying to reflect what they see as the reason for the vote to leave and thus pleasing no one (because there is no parliamentary agreement on the type of deal we should have) and the EU seems to have no understanding of the UK (just as the UK struggles to understand the EU). Unless and until our (and EU) politicians / leaders have the courage to be honest about the benefits AND costs/problems with freedom of movement and the Euro project, disillusion and resentment will continue.
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    The Build - Nearly done!!

    @Redoctober Looking good! I take it that's a 5kW ASHP you have? IIRC you should be able to access a floor drying out function for UFH on the controller.
  12. Our household 'stuff' usage is similar and averages around 11 kWh per day, less in summer more in winter. That includes the treatment plant and MVHR.
  13. @ProDave Interesting figures. For comparison, over the past week we've used 5.3kWh per day for DHW (delivering just under 13 kWh of DHW) and 5 kWh per day for heating (delivering 21kWh). DHW water use tallies with last year. It's higher than yours, but there are four of us in the house, and our showers deliver 16 litre per minute, which tends to lead to longer more luxurious showers! Heating wise we have used more than the comparable period last year but weather wise, a lot windier and less sun / solar gain (last year it was 14 kWh per day heating) . We heat to 21.5C
  14. Regardless of what happens, everything will be blamed on Brexit as it fits the narrative. The steep rise in butter prices last year was blamed on Brexit, but it in actual fact was down to shortages in France. Supply and demand pushed the price up. Nothing to do with Brexit. For some time we have been told we are 80 - 90% agreed on a deal, which I assume covers most if not all the day to day stuff where neither side has any disagreement. The sticking points seem to vary, most recently including protected status for food, but really boil down (I think) to NI border and freedom of movement. History shows us that the EU has generally been unable to conclude any deal until the last moment, and even then there are huge fudges to accommodate the plethora of views and opinions within the EU. I think the chance of 'no deal' is really quite low, something will be cobbled together that will allow the UK govt to present a victory, and the EU to present a robust protection of its values. Freedom of movement is the easy one - all the UK has to do is actually robustly enforce the existing rules, dare I say with the few tweaks suggested by Cameron that some other EU states want as well. Presentation wise the UK could present it as a victory and getting tough whilst the EU could rightly say there had been no change / minor tweaks to suit the EU. Not sure on the NI border issue, although I suspect they will come up with a 'local accommodation due to special circumstances' to define cross border trade between NI and Eire (but not NI and wider EU if routed through Eire) as compliant with EU rules. Should we be worried about supplies of food, medicine etc. Yes and no. I personally think we should be a lot more worried than we are about food security in general, and the JIT models which mean anything from bad weather to a strike can cause delays and shortages. Will Brexit cause such shortages - there has been a lot of talk of lorry parks at Dover, miles and miles of lorries with food rotting within. Logically if that were to happen at Dover, the same would happen at Calais? The pressure on both sides, UK and EU to avoid that will be immense as it is in neither sides interest. The flip side of course is that engineering or creating such a situation may be seen as a way to force a change of policy / reversal.
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    Are Solar Panels worth it now?

    For me it was simply the case of working out what it would cost to install vs return, i.e. how many years would it take for the savings made on energy bills to pay off the installation cost. My experience of PV, and others I have known gave me a baseline of likely PV generated consumption. From there I looked at heating DHW. I also factored in the simple fact that in summer, when potentially generated 30 kWh a day, I wouldn't be able to use it all, as daily use and DHW combined requirement (for us) are less than 30kWh per day. With no other means of using the excess it would be exported (without recompense). I costed the saving of heating DHW by means of PV against heating using my primary source (ASHP), i.e. applying the COP of 2.4